Did Connecticut’s Director for School Turnaround illegally teach in the State of Connecticut?

The question has been asked before, but it is worth re-stating… Did Connecticut’s Director for School Turnaround illegally teach in the State of Connecticut?

Governor Malloy and his Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, have repeatedly claimed that Connecticut must improve the quality of its teachers.

As part of that effort, Malloy and Pryor have proposed tougher standards for enrolling in teacher preparation programs at Connecticut’s colleges and universities.

Apparently they believe that tougher certification requirements will lead to having “better teachers.”

Their argument is particularly ironic considering how hard they have worked to keep Paul Vallas, Bridgeport’s non-certified, faux superintendent of schools in his post.

Equally astonishing is their decision to put a non-certified individual in charge of Connecticut’s school turnaround program.

Morgan Barth, who was recently appointed to serve as the Director of Malloy’s Turnaround Program, reports that in 2004 he became a founding teacher at Achievement First’s Elm City Preparatory Academy in New Haven and then went on to serve as a principal there and then a principal at Achievement First Bridgeport’s Middle School.

However, Morgan Barth does not hold state certification to serve as a teacher or an administrator in the State of Connecticut.

As Wait, What? readers know Connecticut law was changed on July 1, 2010 to allow Connecticut’s charter schools to have up to 30 percent of their employees uncertified.

But prior to that date, Connecticut law (Section 10-145) required that all teachers and administrators, even those working in charter schools, be properly certified.

So, according to the information provided by Commissioner Stefan Pryor, Morgan Barth was legally obligated to hold a teacher or administrator certification between 2004 and 2010.

It is a simple question that has yet to be answered….

Mr. Barth did you or did you not illegally serve as a teacher and school administrator during those six years?

  • Jim Spellman

    As a fellow Irish Catholic, Dannel ( who admits to learning disabilities)
    confused the doctrine of Immaculate Conception into Immaculate Certification.

  • brutus2011

    As a person who went through SCSU’s teacher prep program and then went back to finish a second major to be eligible for a second teacher certification–at considerable expense. I have to say that Ct law demands absolute fidelity to its legal requirements to teach in our state.

    In addition, the state closely monitors teacher hiring and credentials and any district that hires a teacher that does not meet strict legal requirements must be removed from the classroom until such requirements are met. Period. No excuses.

    So, not only is Barth and Vallas’ appointees more than curious, they are outlandish and beyond any reasonable and legal explanation.

    The real question is going to be: will the Ct Supreme Court allow this to continue.

    • R.L.

      Someone has to actually bring charges against these people in order for these illegal activities to get to court. I don’t know how this will happen since Connecticut doesn’t have an attorney general.

  • Charlie Puffers

    A Hartford teacher who allows their certification to lapse – even for one day – is automatically placed on substitute pay. Then when the certification is renewed the teacher is placed all the way back to step 1 of the contract. Yet, the past two Hartford superintendents have been quasi certified through the graces of a selective state certification system that grants waivers to the ‘special ones.’ This is a way of life in the two-tiered system of the haves and have-nots.

    Life is not fair; get used to it. – Bill Gates

    • Linda174

      Did you see the new inbloom dashboard?

      Finally someone rated the big boys….we must keep assessing until they improve.

      • Charlie Puffers

        Add Kishimoto to that dashboard. She needs to be evaluated someplace.

  • CT Spirit

    I which I could be present when he speaks to a group of CT State Certified Educators

    • Linda174

      Sneak in a camera or at least audio record.

      Ask for his credentials.

      Everyone should bring a copy of their teaching certificate and hand them to Morgan.

  • Brass

    CT Spirit

    I work in one of the Alliance District. I know that on October 17th at the Institute of Technology and Business Development Center at CCSU he is holding the Alliance District Convening Meeting. Anyone who is able should attend. I am sure he will tell us what a great UNCERTIFIED EDUCATOR he is. And how he did such great things for the kids.

  • Higher Learning

    I heard that the Morgan Variety Show is coming to the Department of Higher Education tomorrow. I know some folks over there and they mentioned that he is conducting a meeting in the building for some of the school districts. From what I heard the meeting starts around 1pm. Anyone with a CT State Education Certification, should come to the meeting and show him their state certification.

    • Mary Gallucci

      Where is the meeting?

  • Castles Burning

    It would seem that NOT having certification is a REQUIREMENT for the Malloy/Pryor team and the least knowledge of or experience with actual educational experiences in CT is preferred (a la the Mass.company now in charge instead of the CT long-standing professionals). High turn around is also welcome.

    Do we have access to the job description for the Director for School Turnaround? Just curious about what requirements were anticipated and what the specific functions of the job are.

    • Linda174

      FOS…friend of Stefan and AF/TFAer..that’s all you need.

  • Bronx

    Maybe Morgan Barth should be considered the Michael Jordan of ass kissers…